So as we head out of 2015 and into 2016 as a photographer this is the time when you should be doing your “end of the year cleanup” as I call it. For me it means things like designing a new watermark for my photos. I like to make a new watermark with the year’s date so as time passes I can look back and know exactly the year the photo was processed and posted.
Another thing I do at this time of year is to go through my drives and throw away any images I know I will never need. My “download” folder is usually the biggest culprit, housing lots of images I may have downloaded for mood boards and other referencing. Most of these images are no longer needed and taking up space.
Then there are my external hard drives and cloud storages. Some hard drives I use on a daily basis and work with the files right from the drive and save back to the drive. Other hard drives are just for backup and I will look at all the hard drives both “working” & “backup” and make a determination as to if and when I need to purchase more drives or can I consolidate drives? So yes I actually have a time of year that I do this or at least visit this situation because the last thing I want to do is have photo work lined up and coming in and have no room on the drives to store RAW images.
I really am not anal about “organization” in my life as a person. Like most people I am always miss-placing small things and waste time looking for them all the while they are right in front of me. But with that said; I learned long ago that saving email can be a life saver in more than one way, such as proof of a purchase and the date of a purchase or even more important proof of conversation with someone. However in order for the whole thing to work you need to be able to find the email quickly and somewhat easily. The same is true with photos and I have blogged about this before; even if you are not a professional photographer, in today’s world we all have images coming into our life every day and the number can be staggering so having an organized plan really is something to think about. I will be blogging in a day or so again on the topic of keeping track of and how to save images so they can be found.
Sometimes I just want to go back and find that image that posted on Facebook earlier this year; Well for me that can be real easy because I generate the images right out of Adobe Lightroom and when the JPEG is made from the master file it is sent to a folder appropriately named “15 Facebook” and next year’s folder was just made yesterday and named “16 Facebook.” So when I need to find an image it is really easy and I also have sub folders for special events like a party or a day at the beach and so-on. This really is the only part of my life that is organized correctly; I actually have a goal in the coming weeks to move this organization to my tablet. How many times I want to show images from my tablet to someone and I spend 10 minutes looking for one image. I’m not a fan of New Year resolutions but it is a perfect time to say “Out with the old and in with the new.”
Happy New Year to all.